BOSTON -- The best news on the Tigers' injury front, oddly enough, is the latest addition to their disabled list. They weren't expecting to lose Doug Fister again, but the results from his MRI exam suggest he shouldn't miss as much time as his month-long absence in April.
Fister underwent an MRI at Massachusetts General Hospital, the results of which were compared to an MRI exam from his initial injury. The results, head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said, showed no new damage besides the strained cartilage along his ribs that initially forced him to the DL.
"It just showed that [the injury] is still resolving. It still isn't completely resolved," Rand said. "There was no new bleeding, nothing was new, and that was key."
Team doctors will further examine Fister in Detroit on Friday to determine how much he can do and how much time he might miss. However, Rand said, Fister is not back where he started on the injury.
Rand added he is "not anticipating" Fister missing another month like last time.